Storm Recap. It's rough when you're right on the rain-snow line. That was certainly the case with this last storm; a 1-9" range in snowfall amounts just across the metro area. 1" in Jordan, 9" at Andover. If I went on the air and predicted 1-9" I'd be locked up for being barking mad! But that's precisely what happened. Alexandria picked up a cool foot, with some 15-20" amounts in the Duluth area. Had the storm not hooked 100 miles farther north, pulling milder air 4,000 to 6,000 feet above the Twin Cities last night, we'd be digging out from 6-12" in the downtowns. As it was everything shifted about 50-75 miles farther north. Much of the metro did see a plowable snow - a lot of people relieved they didn't have to shovel out from under a foot of cold, slushy glop. The ice didn't help matters either, a few hours of glaze ice during the wee hours of the morning snapping some trees, especially north/west metro. Word to the wise: if you like snow get out there this weekend, possibly the best weekend of winter for snowmobiling and cross country skiing. Considering we may reach 50 in the metro by next Tuesday you should take advantage of this (rare) late winter snow.
* photo above courtesy of Tricia Frostad in Chanhassen, where ice accumulated to a depth of about 1/10th of an inch, enough to bring down 3-5" diameter trees.
Snowfall Totals. Here's a good update from the local NWS office, showing the amazing range in snowfall amounts across the metro area. An inch or two southern suburbs, 2-4" in the downtowns, as much as 8-9" for the northern suburbs from Elk River to Ham Lake, Andover and Osceola.
More Amounts. Here are more details on how much snow fell across the state.
Wild And Windy Wednesday Along The North Shore. Check out some of these wind speeds in the Duluth area. Gale force winds.
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Well, at least it was better than Saturday. After a foggy (thundery) start the sun came out and temperatures reached the mid-80s. Up north severe storms erupted, even a few large and violent (PDS) tornadoes in Polk County. Yes, a bit odd for late August. Expect sticky sun today with another round of irritable storms later in the day. We cool off and dry out by midweek - more storms may be brewing next weekend, but not as formidable as what residents of Florida and the Carolinas are tracking.
I'm happy to report that today will be even nicer than yesterday! That's a pretty low bar, granted, but we should top 80F today with some sunshine, higher humidity and a few stray T-storms. 80s will be the rule this week, with warmer than average weather spilling into Labor Day weekend. The risk of a Gulf Coast hurricane seems to be increasing again - water temperatures in the Gulf are very warm, which may fuel a big storm within a few days.
Thursday was a breath of fresh air and today will be another fine day with blue sky, light winds and no rain (amazing). Showers and T-storms return late tonight into Saturday as the atmosphere tries to warm up again - Sunday should be sunnier, warmer and drier. Summer comes rushing back next week with more 80s, even a few 90s possible by the end of next week. Hermine impacting Florida and the Gulf Coast? Still a definite maybe, but the storm is a sloppy mess; it's unclear if and when conditions will be ripe for strengthening.
So long heat index, at least for a few days. Agreeable air, courtesy of Canada, will be with us for the next few days. Clouds build up this afternoon; Friday should be sunnier with less wind and temperatures more typical of late September. After a close encounter with Saturday showers temperatures mellow Sunday and summer heat returns next week. No, we haven't seen the last 90-degree warmth.